Chief Malcom Omirhobo, a human rights lawyer has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting for licence to possess a 6.147 premium AK47 assault riffle for self-defence.
According to him, the decision was informed by rising incidences of killings and kidnapping in the country.
The lawyer in a letter dated July 8, 2021 said he is medically fit with sound mind and has not been convicted of any offence involving violence or threat of violence in the last five years.
He explained that the Fire Arms Act 2004 empowers the president to licence applicants.
“Pursuant to the powers conferred on you by Section 3 of the Fire Arms Act Cap. F 28, Laws of the Federation 2004 and in view of the high level of insecurity ravaging the country, I humbly apply to your excellency, for licence to possess and own a 6.147 premium AK 47 assault rifle to defend my person, family and property from unlawful violence from criminals armed with AK 47 assault riffle, sophisticated and lethal weapons.”
He assured the President that all statutory fees involved in the acquisition of the firearms would be paid.
The letter read: ” Section 3 of the Fire Arms Act, provides that no person shall have in his possession or under his control any firearm of one of the categories specified in Part I of the Schedule to this Act (in this Act referred to as a “prohibited firearm”) except in accordance with a licence granted by the President, acting in his discretion.
Omirhobo pointed out that provisions of law prohibited Nigerians from bearing certain type of firearms being used by the military, police, Department of State Service (DSS) and other para-military agencies.
“No Nigerian dead or alive has been able to apply for these categories of Fire Arms due to fear and largely ignorance of the provisions of the law.
“In the face of insecurity in Nigeria, many Nigerians have talked about the need for Nigerians to bear arms,” he recalled, regretting that nobody has taken the pains to apply for firearms under the category recognised by law.
He wondered why state Governors have not considered making any formal application to the president for AK 47, which is commonly used by bandits and terrorists.